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The Disposable Camera Project: Results

Disposable Camera Project

A while ago I talked about my summer project – reliving my childhood holidays by carrying around a disposable camera to document the goings on in my life.  A total nostalgia trip.  And finally, here are the results…

Disposable Camera Project

They came out as perfectly as I’d hoped – perfectly flawed, that is.  They are dark, blurred, corners obscured by clumsy fingers covering the lens.

Disposable Camera Project

What’s particularly warming for me is that every single photograph tells a story.  Instead of taking twenty photos, and sticking a filter on the best one, there were lots of “say cheese!” moments, usually followed by fits of giggles.  Knowing there was only one chance to take the shot made the actual taking of the photo into an experience in itself, something I feel is often lost now in our selfie era.

At one point I realised that my sister was holding the camera, and had just taken a photo of something.  It was only when I had the film developed that I found out the picture had been of me – that was a bit of a surprise!  Similarly, it was nice to revisit moments that I had forgotten I’d photographed.

Disposable Camera Project

An unprecedented success, I’ll certainly be doing this project again soon.  I’m certain that it made me engage so much more with what I was taking a photo of, instead of obsessing about the perfect duck face, or the editing process.  It’s authentic, and I love that.

Next stop – getting my hands on a Polaroid camera, perhaps?

Emma

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November 5, 2017
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The Disposable Camera Project

Disposable Camera Project

This summer is going to be a good one; I just know it.  And because I clearly don’t have enough things to think about already at the moment, I decided that I really wanted to try something new and creative to capture all the cool things I have planned.  So, I came up with a great project idea.  I purchased a disposable camera, and have just 27 shots over the coming weeks to give a taste of everything on the calendar – festivals, weddings, Pokémon hunts, outdoor cinema.  At the end of the summer, I’m going to put them all into an album (even the really blurry ones).

I used to take a camera abroad with me when I was twelve years old – back when digital cameras were clunky and still a luxury (definitely not something a clumsy twelve year old would take for two weeks on a Portuguese island).  I always loved the excitement of getting the film developed, as I’d rarely remember what I’d found interesting enough to photograph during the trip.  Some of the best photos I’ve ever taken were the result of those disposable cameras, and there’s something about the nostalgia of it all that led me to paying what felt like a hefty price for a supposed ‘underwater’ one-use camera.

Though I am skeptical of how it would survive in the bathtub, let alone the Great Barrier Reef, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.  I’ll be sharing some of my favourites on here once I’ve got the film developed – look out for a post at the end of September.  Let’s hope at least a few of them turn out ok, but the uncertainty of the development process is half the fun.

Emma

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July 26, 2017
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